Guerrero Has Surprise Party Before Leaving for Camp

By Ryan Maquiñana

Robert Guerrero left his hometown of Gilroy, Calif., on Sunday to prepare for his May 4 showdown with Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas, but not before his family and friends surprised him with a going-away celebration the previous night.

“We’re going to have a surprise party for Robert,” Guerrero’s father, Ruben, told hours before it occurred on Saturday.  “We even had a special piñata made that looks like Mayweather.”

On Saturday, the fighter went for a morning run before doing an interview with Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, who was first to release the video chronicling Guerrero’s first encounter with Mayweather to promote the fight.

Guerrero then treated the CSN Bay Area and Showtime All Access camera crews to a cloud of dust and the aroma of burnt rubber, as the truck aficionado jumped in his custom-painted Ford and proceeded to do donuts in the field behind the G-Town Boxing Gym.

“Ain’t no Lamborghinis or Ferraris here,” said a chuckling Guerrero, who then joined his wife Casey at a local baseball field to support their son Robert Jr. for Little League Opening Day.

As for the piñata with Mayweather’s likeness, it met an unfortunate end on Saturday night, though May 4 will present a whole different challenge when boxing’s reigning pound-for-pound king appears before Guerrero in the flesh.

“The party was cool.  Everyone had a good time.  Ruben’s grandkids were hitting the piñata,” said trainer Max Garcia, whom the elder Guerrero counts among his best friends in the sport.  “Robert’s going to be ready for Floyd.”

Ryan Maquiñana was the boxing producer for during London 2012 and writes a weekly column for  He is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and the Ratings Panel for Ring Magazine. E-mail him at [email protected] , check out his blog at, or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Japanese Boxing on 03-18-2013

[QUOTE=hougigo;13160721]Even if he has been keeping in shape, this camp still sounds kind of late to me. I know some camps don't need to run that long, but he's in the biggest fight of his life. you'd think he'd start…

Comment by Hougigo on 03-18-2013

Even if he has been keeping in shape, this camp still sounds kind of late to me. I know some camps don't need to run that long, but he's in the biggest fight of his life. you'd think he'd start…

Comment by Japanese Boxing on 03-18-2013

[QUOTE=marvin douglas;13159578]It's not the weight. He's just out of shape. He has too much fat on his body (for a skinny guy) and has no muscle development or tone. If he has been training properly, and he still looks that…

Comment by Japanese Boxing on 03-18-2013

[QUOTE=Realizniguhnit;13159454]WTF are you talking about? If Guerrero hasn't lost any weight since he's seen Floyd then he's got a problem.. a 4-6 week camp my be enough for 10 rounds, but not for a 12 round fight with the best…

Comment by boxing is life on 03-18-2013

first was his going away party.. and on may 4th will be his funeral haha

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